Circo Flaminio/ Circus of Flaminius (Cortile del Tempio di Apollo in Circo)

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An archaeological site very important for ancient Rome that comprises the area between the temple of Apollo and the temple of Bellona. In the court and in the portico of the building are now displayed stones that, in ancient times, occupied, together with the theatre of Marcello, the southern part of the so called "Circo Flaminio".

Circo Flaminio/ Circus of Flaminius in Piazza di Campitelli
The area between Piazza Cairoli, Teatro di Marcello, Portico d'Ottavia and the Tiber was occupied by Circo Flaminio/ Circus of Flaminius, built in 221 b.C. by Flaminius Nepotus (who's name was also given to the consul's road Via Flaminia). Here the "concilia plebis" took place, i.e. the games and sport competitions of Romans. To discover which was its precise position was one of the most difficult tasks for the archeologists and historians, as there are no traces left. It was located in the southern end of the Campus Martius, near the Tiber River. In its early existence, the Circus was a loop, approximately 500 m in length stretching across the Flaminian Fields.

The only source of information about this enormous monument of ancient Rome could be derived from the written documents. Before 1960 its position was thought to be close to the present Piazza Venezia, but Guglielmo Gatti proposed a new idea, which till now is considered to be the most logical one. It was confirmed also by a number of survived temples an monuments that surrounded the Circus of Flaminius. Two statues of Dioscuri located now in Piazza del Campidoglio originally come from one of the temples of the circus.

Address:
Circo Flaminio/ Circus of Flaminius (Cortile del Tempio di Apollo in Circo)
Piazza di Campitelli, 7
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Sant'Angelo (Portico Ottavia-Teatro Marcello) (Roma centro)
Circo Flaminio/ Circus of Flaminius (Cortile del Tempio di Apollo in Circo) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "117"
Bus: 116, 116T
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8.00 am - 7.00 pm

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